Rangers legend Derek Johnstone thinks some Ibrox players are fighting for their careers in Glasgow when they face Neil Lennon’s Celtic this Sunday, The Glasgow Times report.
League leaders Celtic make the short trip across the city this weekend looking to pile the misery on Steven Gerrard and his faltering squad.
They’ve been in dire domestic form since the turn of the year, leading to questions about the long-term direction of this current squad assembled by the Rangers manager.
Celtic, in contrast, have looked exceptional for the most part, building a 13-point lead in the Scottish Premiership, scoring a barrel load of goals and not conceding many at the other end.
Johnstone thinks this week’s action could be a watershed moment for some Ibrox regulars.
As quoted by The Glasgow Times, he said: “Some of the players might have been taken aback by the criticism directed their way in recent weeks but that is life at Rangers and you either take that and prove your critics wrong or you let it get to you. In the case, the only way is out rather than up.
“There are players that are playing for their places in the squad next season and there will be a handful that are almost certainly in the final weeks of their Rangers careers.
“We have heard them say that they want to play for the manager and that they want Steven to stay at the club. Well, the only way that is going to happen is if they, individually and collectively, get a grip of themselves and turn their form around and what an opportunity they have over the next week.”
It stands to reason, based on Johnstone’s comments, that a big Celtic performance and result in Govan this Sunday could spell the end for some of Gerrard’s big players.
How long can players like James Tavernier go on at Ibrox without winning a major Scottish trophy?
The Celtic team will remain focused on themselves of course. We often march to our drumbeat and Lennon doesn’t like to pay too much attention to what’s happening across the city.
However, it’s nice to think that this could very well end up being a game that brings about serious and potentially expensive change to the squad at Ibrox.
Celtic have made a habit of ending careers at Ibrox over the last few seasons. Can we make it happen again on Sunday?